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Holiday in Dog Friendly Cumbria and the Lake District

It's the time of year to look for some inspiration for your next holiday. Why not come to Cumbria with your dog? You can both enjoy fell walking through the stunning Lake District National Park and then relax together in a cosy dog friendly cottage or pub.

Where To Stay

Self Catering on a Budget

For those on a budget, the self catering cottage at High Swinklebank Farm, only 4 miles from Kendal, is hard to beat. One dog is accepted by prior arrangement.


The stone barn conversion has parking and a garden for guest use and sleeps two adults and two children. It is set in a family run working sheep farm near the head of the beautiful unspoilt Longsleddale Valley. The valley is ideal both for gentle strolls and for more adventurous walkers. From the fell tops there are uninterrupted views into seven different valleys. The weekly charge for the cottage is £160-£260 and short breaks are available. The dog friendly Eagle and Child Inn in Staveley www.eaglechildinn.co.uk has a lovely riverside garden, is only four miles away, and serves a great pub lunch Monday to Saturday for a fiver.

Bargain Family Friendly B&B

Brookfield Bed and Breakfast is great value for money and offers four star guesthouse accommodation in the pretty market town of Keswick, nestled on the shores of Derwentwater.


Double rooms start at £27 per person per night, although a minimum stay of two nights is required at weekends and during high season. All rooms are en suite and individually decorated and many have spectacular views of Latrigg and the surrounding Keswick fells. Families are especially welcome and up to three children can be accommodated in the family rooms. Free wireless internet access is available throughout. Dogs are also very welcome but your dog must not be left in your room if you leave the bed and breakfast. The owners also request that you bring your dog's own bed or blanket. A towel will be provided to dry off soggy doggies in the porch.

There is a great choice of local dog friendly pubs. The Swinside Inn, The Horse and Farrier Inn and The Kings Head are historic pubs in Keswick. All have spectacular views and good food. If you fancy a lake cruise then dogs are also welcome on an Ullswater Steamer for a small charge.

Dog Friendly B&B With Gorgeous Resident Dogs


A warm welcome awaits you at Larry's Lodge, a four star guest house in Keswick. Owner Sue Forte used to puppy walk for Guide Dogs for the Blind, successfully raising seven puppies who all passed their Guide Dog training. The bed and breakfast is named after the first puppy Larry, who enjoyed his retirement with Sue. All the twin and double bedrooms are en suite and the single room has a private shower room and bathroom. Twin and double rooms are £74 per night based on two people sharing.

Sue's very friendly dogs, Arthur and Kyle, live at the bed and breakfast. Visiting dogs are most welcome for an additional charge of £4 per night. Dogs can't be left unattended in bedrooms and aren't allowed in the dining room if there are other guests.

Former Home of Beatrix Potter


Yew Tree Farm was owned by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s and is still home to many of her furnishings. It's a little known fact that you can stay with your dog in such a historic farmhouse. The farm also featured as Hill Top in the film "Miss Potter" starring Rene Zellwegger.

The house is full of original features and a holiday here is a real break from the fast paced modern world. There are no televisions and the cosy guest lounge has an open fire, making it a great place to relax in the evenings. The old oak panelled walls and floors give the house great character, however sound travels easily through the house, so this means that the accommodation is not suitable for small children and noisy sleepers! Prices start at £104 per night for two persons sharing a double room.

There are many dog friendly pubs within five miles of the farm. The Britannia Inn is a country pub serving real ales and hearty meals at Elterwater in Ambleside. The Wateredge Inn is a historic pub set in a spectacular location on the banks on Lake Windermere. Other great options include The Wilson Arms in Torver, near Coniston and The Travellers Rest Inn in Grasmere.

There are also four dog friendly attractions within five miles of the B&B. Visitors and their dogs can enjoy a cruise on Coniston Water with the company Coniston Launch aboard 1920s launches with solar-electric power. Dogs on leads are welcome in Brantwood mountainside gardens set in a 250 acre wood with spectacular views. The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole has a garden with mixed and herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, wild flower meadow and woodland. Rydal Mount Gardens is a relaxing garden with stunning views towards Lake Windermere and Rydal Water. The garden contains a wide variety of shrubs and trees and was originally designed by William Wordsworth.

Dog at Yew Tree Farm

Real Ale Pub With Its Own Microbrewery


The Watermill Inn is situated in the quiet village of Ings, which is two miles east of Windermere in the Lake District. The pub serves up to 16 real ales and has its own microbrewery on site. It won the UK Beer Pub of the Year 2011 in the Good Pub Guide. Good no-nonsense pub food is also served. It costs £79 per night for two persons sharing a double room and is very popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

Dogs are most welcome in the main bar and many of the locals have dogs that are regular visitors and enjoy a favourite tipple from the bar. Even the beers have a doggie theme. Favourites include Collie Wobbles and A Bit'er Ruff. Dogs are also welcome to stay with their owners in the B&B accommodation and join them for a sausage at breakfast. There is a charge made of £4 per night per dog and £1 of this is donated to the Dogs Trust. When you and your dog have enjoyed a walk in the beautiful Lakeland fells you can send a photo of your dog having a well earned rest at the pub to feature in the Doggie Pages on its website.

All of these dog friendly places to stay and visit in Cumbria are listed on Rover Recommended www.roverrecommended.com

If you have visited any of them with your dog we would love to see your reviews.

Louise Dolan
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